KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 25, 2014
After last week's setbacks, Stabaek and Rosenborg bounced back with wins over the weekend in Norway.
Stromsgodset 2 - Stabaek 3
Stabaek came out of the gate early and did enough to hold on for a shock win against Stromsgodset at the Marienlyst Stadium.
Bob Bradley's team were looking to get back to winning ways after their humiliating 3-1 defeat to Odd, and they got off to a great start with a goal from Magne Hoseth in the 15th minute. The midfielder took the ball off Stromsgodset defender Marius Hoibraten and lobbed it over goalkeeper Anders Gundersen from well outside the box.
After absorbing attacks from Stromsgodset, the Blue Ones doubled their lead near the half hour mark as Ivorian forward Franck Boli headed in a goal from a cross delivered by Hoseth.
Stabaek were not finished scoring as they withstood another onslaught of attacks from the home side. Finnish defender Ville Jalasto latched on to a headed ball to blast it into the back of the net in the 55th minute.
The ninth place team were in good position to take the three points, but they had to hold on as Stromsgodset started to make their comeback. Defender Lars Vilsvik scored the first goal in the 71st minute off a lobbed ball from teammate Mounir Hamoud. The third place team continued to put pressure on the Stabaek goal and were rewarded with a second goal in the 76th minute. Belgian forward Marvin Ogunjimi was able to put the ball in after a scramble in the penalty box.
Despite the late surge, it was too late for Stromsgodset as the referee blew the final whistle.
Midfielders Andrew Jacobsen and Michael Stephens played the entire 90 minutes for Stabaek as the win pushed them up to eighth place in the standings. Jeb Brovsky did not make it on the team this weekend, but Stromsgodset remain in third place.
Rosenborg 2 - Sarpsborg 08 0
Rosenborg reversed their misfortunes from last week to claim a 2-0 win over Sarpsborg 08 at the Lerkendal Stadium.
Norwegian attacker Alexander Soderlund would prove to be hard to handle for Sarpsborg as he scored the Troll Kids first goal in the 29th minute. The team's leading goal scorer got his foot onto a pass sent into the box from Pal Helland to send it past the Sarpsborg goalkeeper.
Rosenborg were dominant throughout the game and came close on several chances, but they did not score their second goal until the 80th minute. Soderlund once again found the back of the net - this time from a corner kick.
Mikkel Diskerud played the entire 90 minutes in Rosenborg's win.
The team remains in fourth place but now find themselves a point behind Stromsgodset for the second Europa League spot. Meanwhile Sarpsborg drop to tenth place in the standings.
Ethan Horvath and Josh Gatt may not be involved in games for Molde this season, but the league leaders are inching closer to reclaiming the title as they thrashed Aalesund 5-0.
Zarek Valentin is out for the rest of the season, but Bodo/Glimt are on a resurgence as they got a crucial 2-1 win over Haugesund to put them in ninth place.